1.         Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments (Slovakia) (C 620bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1993

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/620/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1995-2001)
Total amount approved: USD 43,333
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/620/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Travertine quarry on the south-western edge of the inscribed site

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/620/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2002

Previous deliberations: 
25th extraordinary session of the Bureau (Chapter III.203 –204)

Main issues: Threats from mining project. The permit is of limited duration and is scheduled to end in 2002.

New information: By letter of 30 January 2002, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic informed the Secretariat that the management and conservation of the National Nature Reserve Dreveník, with its travertine complex, is under the authority of the Ministry of the Environment. Furthermore, the report states that the effects of quarrying on the conservation of Spissky Hrad and its Associated Cultural Monuments are negligible. In addition, a report from the Secretary-General of the Slovak National Commission for UNESCO, dated 1 February 2002, informs the Centre that the quarrying company is presently elaborating a new extraction and re-cultivation plan, in cooperation with the National Administration for Nature Preservation, in order to meet the criteria for nature and landscape preservation.

Action Required

The Bureau takes note of the information provided by the State Party and requests the Slovakian authorities to provide a more detailed report on the situation, including a copy of the new extraction and re-cultivation plan and an impact assessment, by 1 September 2002, for examination by the 27th session of the Bureau.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

N/A

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 26 COM 21B.68

The World Heritage Committee,

Takes note of the state of conservation report and the decision of the Bureau contained in document WHC-02/CONF.202/2, paragraph XII, 106-107.

Decision Adopted: 26 BUR XII.106-107

XII.106 The information provided by the State Party stated that the effects of quarrying on the conservation of Spissky Hrad and its Associated Cultural Monuments are negligible. Furthermore, the report pointed out that the quarrying company was elaborating a new extraction and re-cultivation plan, in co-operation with the National Administration for Nature Preservation, in order to meet the criteria for nature and landscape preservation.

XII.107 The Bureau took note of the information provided by the State Party and requested the Slovakian authorities to provide a more detailed report on the situation.  This report should include a copy of the new extraction and re-cultivation plan and an impact assessment, by 1 October 2002, for examination by the 27th session of the Bureau in April 2003.